The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is a entry level plug-in hybrid sedan that still manages to offer great technology and features that can be usually find on much more expensive models. This mid size sedan is the plug in version of the Fusion Hybrid and therefore shares the same components and chassis with only few changes.
The design is identical to the regular Fusion sedan, the plug in charging port, the special alloy wheels and few badges are the only distinctive feature to differentiate among the two. The large hexagonal grill looks very dominating and with those sleek headlamps it provides a bold and sharp look. The elongated headlamps easily merge with the body panels on the sides. A clean crease runs through the length of the car starting from the headlamps and ending at the tail lamps. The sloping roofline blends well with the boot lid and gives the car a coupe look.
2015 Ford Fusion Energi Specs
The two litre four cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine is teamed with a electric motor in the front to produce a healthy 195 horsepower. This power is transferred to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission which helps in optimising the fuel economy. This power is more than adequate for both leisure driving as well as spirited overtaking manoeuvres. Ford updated the battery pack in the Energi model to a 7.6 kWh from the earlier 1.6 kWh pack. This gives the car a range of 21 miles and a top speed of 86 miles per hour in pure electric drive. This makes this car perfect for short runs which are within range. The hybrid system returns a brilliant 44 miles per gallon and the battery takes about 3 hours to charge on a 240 volt charger, while it may take up to 7 hours on a standard 120 volt home charger.
Ford follows all black interior look to give this car a sporty character. The instrument cluster is very brilliantly designed and houses two screen which continuously displays information about the car and guides the driver to maximise the use of regenerative braking. A lot of soft touch materials and silver inserts have been used in the dashboard which give this car a premium feel. The overall fit and finish of the car is satisfactory and the interior look simple and elegant despite having agile character.
A lot of features are included by Ford in this car to make the journey more pleasurable for the driver. The ford Bluetooth SYNC system allows a smartphone to be connected to the car and performs all the functions like calling, reading messages etc. Features like heated steering wheel, automatic headlamps, park assist, adaptive cruise control etc. reduces the driving fatigue to a great extent.
Review Of 2015 Ford Fusion Energi
For making this car more safe, a lot of systems are incorporated in this car that assist the driver in every way possible. The lane assist feature monitors the lane through a camera and warns the driver if the car changes the lane erratically. Blind spot information system, stability control, ABS, inflatable rear seatbelts, emergency brake assist etc. further increase the safety of this car.
The 2015 Ford Fusion Energi is ideal for short commutes. With a range of 21 miles, most of the people can go to their offices without burning a single drop of fuel. The car will be launched in late 2014 and will be priced at around $40.000.